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Tiny home being built for homeless veteran

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Model of what the home would look like (Western Mass News photo) Model of what the home would look like (Western Mass News photo)
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

As we remember 9/11 today, one local organization is remembering homeless veterans as well.  They are rolling up their sleeves to build a home for a veteran in need.

This is no ordinary home though.

The tiny home is being built in Springfield by YouthBuild, a program operated by the YWCA of Western Massachusetts.  A national grant made it possible.

"The grant is for 9/11, which is National Service Day of Remembrance and our project is building two tiny houses - one here in Springfield and our sister program in Fall River is also building one,” said Rani Gould of Springfield’s YWCA. 

They are starting to build the frame for this tiny home.  It is for a homeless veteran and the home is literally tiny.

"The tiny homes we are building will be 8-by-24 feet, so that's about 192 square feet.  It will come with one bedroom, one full bath,” Gould added.

The tiny home will have all the amenities of a larger home, but on a much smaller scale.

The youth build members range in age from 17 to 24.

"I feel proud to say that I did something good for someone, especially someone with a need and not being able to have a home is tragic and something I wouldn't desire for anybody and to help somebody like that feels good,” said Jaritza Del Toro of Springfield.

Among those on-hand for Friday's event was Hector Arizmendi, a former New York city police officer who was at 9/11.

"That day, I was off and I saw the twin towers get hit on the TV and we were called to report to the station and we went to Ground Zero for rescue operations," said Arizmendi.

 Arizmendi was was there to support his niece, Jaritza Del Toro, who is a YouthBuild member.

 The tiny home should be completed in a few weeks.

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